Learn more about Catholic Teaching on Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide

Catechism of the Catholic Church

2277 Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable. more

Vatican Documents

  • Gospel of Life – Evangelium Vitae (1995)
    On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life
    I confirm that euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person. more
  • Declaration on Euthanasia (1980)
    No one is permitted to ask for this act of killing, either for himself or herself or for another person entrusted to his or her care, nor can he or she consent to it, either explicitly or implicitly, nor can any authority legitimately recommend or permit such an action. more
  • Respect for the Dignity of the Dying (2000)
    Pontifical Academy for Life – The basis for its justification [the justification of the persistent campaign in favour of euthanasia], which the campaign wants to impose on public opinion, essentially consists of two basic ideas: a) the basic principle of the autonomy of the individual, who is deemed to possess an absolute right to dispose of his own life;… b) intolerability and pointlessness of the pain that can sometimes accompany death. Read the full document.

Resources on End of Life Decisions

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